Philo

Philo is an intriguing streaming service. Well, intriguing insofar that you get 37 channels for a mere $16 a month. And for just $4 more, you get another nine channels. Plus there's cloud-based DVR and video-on-demand and live guides and pretty much the things you'd expect to find in a modern streaming service.

And if those channels are enough for you, great. Philo is pretty much the least expensive service you can find today.

And if that sounds a little too simple, well, it is. There's a pretty big catch here. Philo is available on a number of devices. A web browser, Android phones and tablets (via the web browser, though), and iPhone and iPad and Roku through a native app.

Xbox One and Fire TV are supported via the TVEverywhere app. But there's a catch with that.

Not every channel is available on every piece of hardware. It's mostly comprehensive coverage, but this is still a wrinkle that you won't experience on other streaming services. Some channels may only be available in a web browser and on mobile devices. Others may skip one or two platforms. There's no rhyme or reason to it — you'll just have to refer to the chart to see what's what.

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Channels available on Philo

Computer iOS Android Roku Apple TV Fire TV Xbox One
A&E
AMC
Animal Planet
BBC America
BET
CMT
Comedy Central
Discovery Channel
DIY Network
Food Network
FYI
Game Show Network
HGTV
History
IFC
Investigation Discovery
Lifetime
MTV
Nickelodeon
Nick Jr.
OWN
Paramount Network
Science Channel
Sundance TV
TLC
Travel Channel
TV Land
Velocity
VH1
Viceland
WE tv
For $4 more a month
American Heroes Channel
Cooking Channel
Destination America
Discovery Family
Discovery Life
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Yeah. It's a little weird. And something to keep in mind before subscribing to Philo. But if this all still works for you, you'll get a good number of channels for no more than $20 a month.

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